Thursday, December 16, 2010
First off, I must apologize for not updating as much as I should. I owe you more content and I promise that it is on the way.
Now, what I wanted to tell you about today is Free Shipping Day. Today, 12/17/10 is Free Shipping Day in the US. Over 1,500 sites are offering free shipping, with guaranteed delivery by 12/24. This is your last chance to order before the holidays, so take advantage! Merchants include Sephora, Benefit, Philosophy, Macy's, Bergdoff Goodman, Sears, Kmart, Neiman Marcus, and many many more. Check out the list at freeshippingday.com
Also, check out ebates.com to earn money while you shop. Ebates gives you rebates for clicking through them to get to a site. Rebates range from 1-13% and can add up over time. I've accumulated over $15 during the Christmas season (which I plan on using for a new lipstick!).
You should also check out retailmenot.com for coupon codes for popular web retailers.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I have followed the same routine since I took off my acrylic nails (almost 3 weeks ago). The routine is described in my original acrylic recovery post and video. Here's what they look like now:
I know they may seem dry, but I had just removed my polish and was about to begin my routine.
So far, I have noticed a big difference in my nails. They feel stronger and are growing at a decent rate. I love painting my own nails. Its relaxing and saves me quite a bit of money. My only issue is living in constant fear of ruining them (its not that serious, but you get it). I found an anti-bite polish from Sinful Colors that makes your nails taste awful. This has definitely curbed any biting. Thanks for reading! I'll post updates every week.
Here are a few recent NOTD's to check out before you go:
ORLY Halley's Comet
Sinful Colors Mint Apple (beautiful color, BAD mani- the dents from my acrylics are still visible!)
Sinful Colors Sugar, Sugar topped with WnW Prancer
Wet'nWild- Black Creme- $.99 @ Walgreen's
Sinful Colors - Sugar, Sugar and Mint Apple - $ 1.99 each @ Walgreen's
Orly- Halley's Comet - $5.99 @ CVS
Wet'nWild- Prancer (holiday duo with clear tc)- $1.99 at Walgreen's
Orly - Meet Me Under The Mistletoe- $4.99 @ transdesign.com
Sephora by OPI - Only Gold For Me - $9 @ Sephora
China Glaze - Jolly Holly, Naughty and Nice, Party Hearty - $2.99 @ transdesign.com
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Here are my nails immediately after removing acrylics:
Here is my first natural nail mani:
ORLY Sweet Blush
Pure Acetone - $1.99 @ Sally Beauty Supply
Glass File - $8 @ Sephora
Buffing Block - $4 @ Target
China Glaze Peppermint Cuticle Oil - $3.99 @ Sally Beauty Supply
Gelous base coat - $5.99 @ Sally Beauty Supply
OLRY Sweet Blush - $5.99 @ Sally Beauty Supply
Seche Vite - $7.99 @ Sally Beauty Supply
I'll post a growth update next week. Thanks for reading!
My look for today was a very light candy corn eye. I used pastel shades of orange and yellow to keep the look subdued. The lashes are e.l.f. natural black lashes ($1, Target). Have a happy and safe Halloween!
UD Deluxe Shadow in Sting
Black shimmery shadow as a liner
NYX lipstick in Chloe
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
WnW Palette in Lush (silvery black color)
WnW Palette in Pride (matte white)
NYX Lipstick in Black Cherry
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Step 1: Paint entire nail white. Use 2 coats and let dry.
Step 2: Paint one stripe of orange horizontally in the middle of the nail. Let dry, repeat.
Step 3: Paint a yellow stripe that borders the orange and covers the tip of the nail. Let dry and repeat.
Step 4: Add top coat and let dry.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
MAC- Bad Fairy - $13 (MAC, Macy's, Dillard's, etc.)
Sephora by OPI - Only Gold for Me - $9 (Sephora)
N.Y.C. - 223 and 235 - gift, unsure of price (Walgreens, Target, CVS)
Sinful Colors - What's Your Name?, Daddy's Girl, Frenzy, All About You - $1.99 each (Walgreens, Target)
OPI - That's Berry Darling - $5.99 (beauty supply stores, Duane Reade)
China Glaze - Mummy, May I? - $5.99 (Sally Beauty Supply)
Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat - $7.99 (Sally Beauty Supply)
Thanks for reading!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
So I want to do a short series with a few looks for Halloween. I was thinking general (glamorous, witch, punk/rocker, fairy, etc) so that you guys could get a general idea and then customize it for your particular costume. I'd love some suggestions and ideas for looks/tutorials. I can make videos or post step by step instructions on here, depending on how many ideas I end up with. Make your suggestions in the comments section of this post or on my blog channel, http://youtube.com/lovedork3
Thanks, guys! xo
Monday, October 4, 2010
The polish has lasted 4 days so far without chips or obvious wear. I'm in love!
Sinful Colors are available at Walgreen's for $1.99.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
A word of advice- This top coat does not come off easily! I recommend using the foil method to remove.
Monday, September 27, 2010
MAC Venomous Villains
Strange Potion (lipglass) - a pearly pink color, with a very slight peach tint. The color is soft, pearlized, and semi-opaque.
Oh So Fair (beauty powder) - a soft powder for the face, can also be used as a blush or highlight. This is a very pale pink with a tiny amount of shimmer. The powder feels very fine and smooth and applies lightly.
Toxic Tale (satin lipstick) - an amped up coral color. It is very, very bright! This color looks reddish in the tube, yet it seems to lean orange on the skin. Very similar to MAC's Coral Polyp.
Wicked Ways (lipglass) - a blue-based red with shimmer. Seems more opaque than Strange Potion but can be thinned out to a stain-like finish using fingers or a brush. Creates a lovely red lip that is not over the top.
Innocence, Beware! (cremesheem lipstick) - a pinky nude with minimal shimmer. I find this to be the perfect nude for my pale complexion, though the formula is not my favorite.
Revenge is Sweet (lipglass) - a jelly-like gloss that seems deep purple in the tube, yet takes on a sheer pink look on the lips. The color looks like a glossy stain. It is quite sheer and can be used to alter another color or to enhance the natural pigmentation of your lips.
Bad Fairy (nail polish) - A shimmery varnish that appears to be a darkened cherry color, but flashes to a golden/orange color. The color is beautiful on its own, but the duo chrome effect is amazing. You should use 3-4 coats to make this opaque on the nail.
Pics to follow!
The colors were chosen using official "pantones" from the films. Pantones are the official shades used throughout the animation process to ensure consistent coloring. The collections are not simply based on the villians' makeup, but rather their costume, environment, and aura. The packaging is plain black with character animation printed on the cover. Many fans have complained about the packaging, saying that it seems cheap and looks like stickers on normal MAC products. While I do feel that MAC missed an opportunity to be very creative with this packaging, I have come to appreciate it. The images are not stickers, but rather printed directly onto the covers. Also, each product type has a different image of the villains. For example, the lipstick from the Cruella DeVill collection has an image of Cruella's profile, while the lipglass shows Cruella cuddling many puppies. This, in my opinion, was a nice touch.
Overall, I find the collection to be a must have for MAC and Disney fans alike. There are already some buzzworthy items, such as Bite of an Apple Blush and Bad Fairy nail polish. After swatching every single item, I ended up purchasing many lip products, one beauty powder, and one nail polish. The eyeshadows are lovely, but were not calling to me. In my next post I will review each item I purchased individually. Stay tuned!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
I posted a picture of my birthday haul last month, which included the Edun by Sephora palette. I have actually posted a review video on YouTube as well ( link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGpL8uXZw_s ). I used it for the first time today and, I must say, I am genuinely impressed.
Sephora brand items have a reputation for being low quality and overpriced. While I have had a few duds, I have alwo found a few winners, which is why I wanted this palette in the first place. I used the yellow, teal/turquoise, and green eyeshadows in the Contrast palette to create my bright look, pictured above. I found the colors to have a nice pigmentation. They are also blendable and have a nice color payoff. Last I checked, the palette was half off on Sephora.com (thats $15 for 6 shadows and a blush!). Considering that it is inexpensive, good quality, and charitable (proceeds go to Wildlife Conservation) I see no reason to skip this one. Buy a palette and have some fun!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
After waiting about 2 hours, we were ushered inside. We were immediately handed a palette and ushered to the check out line. While waiting to pay, I was given a sample of the new Lip Junkie lip gloss in Wallflower. At checkout, I received a 24/7 eyeliner in Mildew, my tshirt, and a Stardust eyeshadow in Retrograde. I was truly amazed at the generousity of the staff.
I posted a video (on YouTube) talking about my experience and I have also posted swatches below. I really love this palette, as well as this brand. In my experience, Urban Decay is a cosmetics company that understands makeup junkies like us. They want to keep us as loyal customers and are thankful that they have. They made everyone feel beautiful and appreciated at this weekend's event.
The Book of Shadows III will be availiable at urbandecay.com as of September 7th, and as of October 1st it will be available at Macy's, Sephora, and Ulta.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The first product I purchased was L.A. Colors palette in Tease. I have seen this palette in a few stores, generally priced around $3. I saw it in Dollar Tree for $1.50 and purchased it. The low price and bright colors interested me. The palette contains 5 colors: yellow, orange, pink, blue, and green. They are supposed to be shimmer colors, but the shimmer is gone after one swipe. After trying these out, I must say that I was impressed. The colors are very pigmented and did not crease or fade with a primer. The texture is a bit chunky, but you can work with it. My biggest disappointments are that it tends to mush together when you blend, and also that the pink stains the lid. If you are careful with blending and have a stron makeup remover, neither of these issues will affect you. I was honestly shocked at how much I ended up liking this.
Look created with 3 LA Colors shadows:
Wet'nWild Color Icon Palettes:
Vanity & Greed-
I picked these up for $4.99 at Walgreens. I had high hopes for these after using the Color I con Palettes in Pride and Lust. Unfortunately, these did not meet my expectations. Vanity is a brown/beige/gold palette with matte and shimmer colors. They can be used for dramatic or neutral looks. I found the colors to be flat and not flattering. The browns were too deep and the gold too yellow. Greed is a black/peach/gray palette with mattes and shimmers, as well. The peach colors are pretty, but when applied they tend to look more like conjunctivitis than makeup. There is an odd blue/gray color that has a gold sheen when swatched. This unique color would make the palette worth it, but the texture is chunky and there is immense fallout with this shade. The blacks and grays are lovely, but I just can't get a decent, cohesive look out of this palette. While some shades in these palettes are nice, I'm very disappointed with them as a whole.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
LUSH Love Lettuce Mask - $5.95 - lush.com
LUSH Godiva 2-in-1 Solid Shampoo - $9.95 - lush.com
Too Faced Champagne Infused Lipstick in Pink Flamingo - $19 - toofaced.com, Sephora
Stila Charmed Eye Shadow Palette - $15 - Urban Outfitters, stila.com
MAC Pro Palette Refil in Orb - $11 - MAC Pro Stores
Sephora Daily Brush Cleanser - $14 - Sephora
Thank you for the request! Keep the feedback coming! I'd love to know what you would like to see on my channel/blog.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Here are the beauty items featured in my YT haul video:
e.l.f. Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Baby Lips - $1 - Target, eyeslipsface.com
e.l.f. Wet Gloss Lash $ Brow Clear Mascara in Crystal - $1 - Target, eyeslipsface.com
Goody Spin Pins in Blonds - $5.99 - Target
Healthy Sexy Hair - Soy Renewal (trial size) - $2.99 - Essentials Beauty Supply
MAC Amplified Lipstick in Girl About Town - $14 - MAC Pro Store, Macy's, maccosmetics.com
LUSH Products (in Macy's, can be found at www.lush.com)
Ickle Baby Bot Bath Bomb - $3.95
Ring Of Roses cut soap - $10.95 (price will vary depending on size you request)
Q10 Toner Tab - $1.95
Seanik Solid Shampoo - $9.95
Godiva 2-in-1 Solid Shampoo - $9.95
Solid Shampoo tin - free (with purchase of 2 solid shampoos)
Sole Revival fizzing foot bar (information unavailable on site)- $3.95
Love Lettuce facial mask - $5.95 (also not on site, I believe this is correct)
Turkish Delight Body Polish- free (sample)
After the MAC To The Beach preview party, I realized that I was spending a lot of money without thinking. I decided to tighten the purse strings a little bit. The next day I found myself at Sephora, checking out palettes. I realized then that I had to take a break. I have plenty of makeup, clothes, shoes, etc. I don't need to spend each extra dollar that I have on things I probably don't need. I decided to stop spending money on anything that wasn't necessary, meaning anything that wasn't food or a gift. There were 3 birthdays I needed presents for, 3 bills that needed to be paid, and an annoying parking ticket I didn't want to deal with. The diet began May 18th. I bought nothing. Not a dress, not a blush, not one single shoe. The only shopping I did was for groceries and, at wen the birthdays came, for 3 gifts. I quickly realized how much extra money I had. I was able to pay my bills without flinching. The parking ticket was a piece of cake. I had enough extra cash that I started putting some in an envelope. I made a list of things that tempted me during the diet. At the end of the diet, I would pick the items that I still wanted and purchase them in celebration. I found that my wants changed quickly. An eyeshadow I lusted after for the first week was forgotten by the second, a shoe I practically stalked online wasn't as pretty up close. I learned to truly think about what I was buying. At the end of the diet, I had double what I had expected saved in my little envelope. I put half in my savings account and went on a planned and controlled shopping spree with the rest. This has definitely taught me to think before I purchase something. I may keep up the diet, with a once monthly shopping trip. Hope this was interesting and helpful!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Dorothy- adorable design, wonderful smell. It smells like gardenia and jasmine. I have not used mine yet, but my mother said that hers turned the water blue and produced amazing bubbles.
Armandopando- white bubble bar with a dried rose on top. Sweet and romantic. In the store, I could only smell the rose scent. Once I used it, the citrus scent exploded into the bathroom. It smell was lovely, but I would have liked more roses. I used half the bar and the tub was full of bubbles.
Honey I Washed the Kids- this soap had a honeycomb on top. It smells sweet and rich, like a honey dessert. It feels soft and moisturizing. One sample has lasted me 2 weeks.
Karma- this soap has a strong patchouli scent. I am not a fan of this scent, so I gave it away. It smells woodsy and spicy, very masculine.
Mums- I purchased 2 'Mums' bath bombs as gifts for Mother's Day, one in pink and one in yellow. The scent was light and sweet. The tag on the flower 'stem' had wildflower seeds and can be planted in the garden. Both recipients loved it and said the smell was amazing.
Flosty Gritter Bubble Bar- I purchased this as a Mother's day gift for someone in a house with 2 boys. She said the tub filled with pink water and pink glitter, which made her feel girly. The vanilla scent was relaxing and sweet.
I am not one for bubble baths and bath products, but LUSH may have converted me. Keep an eye out for another LUSH haul/review coming within the next 3 weeks. To find a LUSH new you, visit www.lushusa.com Enjoy and have a beautiful day!
Friday, June 4, 2010
Urban Decay is re releasing their special edition Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows along with the DVD release of the Disney film. The BOS was originally $52. It includes 16 shadows, 2 24/7 liners, and a mini primer potion. The re-release will be sold as a set which includes Sparkling Edible Body Powder, Razor Sharp Finishing Powder, De-Slick in a Tube, Big Fatty Mascara, Pocket Rocket Lip Gloss in Kirk, Primer potion in Eden, and Heavy Metal glitter liner in Midnight Cowboy. The set is currently priced at $211. I added up all the products included and discovered that there is no discount in buying the set. If you bought all of these items separately, not in the kit, it would still cost $211. The price may be steep for some, but for others it may be a chance to get your hands on this beautiful palette, as well as a few full size favorites.
I received the palette as a gift after the original release (from the boy- thanks, honey!) and have been using it since. It was the first Urban Decay product I ever owned. I was very impressed by the quality and pigmentation of the shadows. This palette inspired me to purchase many other UD items.
The palette contains 16 shadows, which are all available for individual purchase. Many of these colors have been used in previous palettes, so if you already have a palette from UD, chances are you will end up with repeat colors. The colors have been given 'twisted' names to go along with the Alice In Wonderland theme. Here is a list of shadows, AIW name first, followed by real name and description:
Underland = Flash - bright purple with velvety sheen
Alice = Painkiller- bright blue/teal with a hint of shimmer
Oraculum = Baked- metallic gold, very pigmented, very opaque
Queen = Last Call - purpleish cranberry with a frosty shine
Chessur = Chopper- beige with silver glitter
White Rabbit = Polyester Bride- creamy off-white with silver and gold glitter
Wonderland = Maui Wowie- pale olive green with silver glitter
Curiouser = Grifter- vivid lilac with silver glitter
Muchness = X- peachy gold frost
Mushroom = Mushroom- Taupey gray frost
Midnight Tea Party = Midnight Cowboy Rides Again - frosty beige with silver glitter
Vorpal = S&M - frosty gray
Absolem = Homegrown- frosty kelly green
Drink Me, Eat Me = Sin - shimmery beige
Mad Hatter = Twice Baked- dark brown with gold/bronze glitter
Jabberwocky = Oil Slick - black with silver glitter
This palette is probably best for fun or beauty looks. Due to the fact that all 16 shades have either shimmer or glitter, it is probably not work appropriate. While there are some neutrals (Mad Hatter, Drink Me, Eat Me) the color is predominantly bold and colorful shades that are not to be ignored. The color payoff is amazing. I definitely recommend trying out UD shadows, either in the AIW BOS or individually.
I hope this helps in your decision. Have a beautiful day!
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Neutrogena Sunscreen SPF 50
Hard Candy Sheer Envy in Light
MAC Lustre Drops in Pink Rebel (mixed in)
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin
MAC Eyeliner Pencil in Float on By
MAC Eyeliner Pencil in Rosemary and Thyme
Maybelline Volum Express Mascara in Glam Black
Covergirl Exact Eyelights in Black Sapphire
MAC Glaze Lipstick in Beachbound
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Here's what I got:
Marine Life Highlight Powder - $26
Lustre Drops in Pink Rebel - $18.50
Lustre Lipstick in Lazy Days - $14
Frost Lipstick in Thrills - $14
Glaze Lipstick in Beachbound - $14
I already posted a review on YouTube titled "MAC To The Beach: Part 3- The Makeup". You can check that out for swatches. I hope to have swatch photos on here within the next few days. The line launches May 27, 2010. Until then, check out my videos! Part 1 & 2 from this series show the invitation and expectations as well as the party itself. Keep an eye out for a summery look using these products! I'll probably tape it over the weekend. Thanks for reading/watching!
Monday, May 10, 2010
I headed out to Walgreens and bought a ColorIcon palette in Lust, the palette with the best reviews on MakeupAlley. It was $4.99 for 6 shadows, 3 matte and 3 shimmer/glitter. The colors range from a deep, blackened purple to a shimmery cream. They are all higly pigmented and blend exceptionally well. I recommend using a primer, particularly Urban Decay's Primer Potion for Eyes. I used a paint pot from MAC and found that the darker colors didn't blend as well. I generally use the darker colors in the crease, pink on the lid, and cream as a highlight. The steele color is great when mixed into a liquid liner. For a little more fun, add some glitter or shimmer over the matte colors!
Despite my initial doubts, I really do love this product. I have used it many times and love the results. I will definitely go back and buy more of these palettes.
Stay beautiful, babes!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Make sure you mark your calendars for the Hautelook POP beauty sale on May 6th, 2010. The sale begins 11am EST/8am PST. POP beauty has such adorable products, including dramatic and fashionable false lashes. I can't wait!
Sign up now for an exclusive sale on Burberry Shoes! Check out Gilt later this week for Just Cavalli Accessories, Seven for All Mankind, and other great finds!
RueLaLa is currently featuring classics from Hanky Panky. Come back tomorrow and Thursday for Monique Lhullier for Doulton, Oakley, and Badgely Mischka Footwear.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Complexion Perfection Tone Correcting Powder $3
Studio Line Blush- Candid Coral $3
Tone Correcting Concealer- Light Beige $1
Foundation Brush $1
Eyeliner Brush $1
Concealer Brush $1
Eyeshadow Brush $1
Blending Brush $1
Defining Eye Brush $1
Face Kabuki Brush $5
Mineral Eye Shadow- Natural $3
Hypershine Gloss- Flirt $1
Thursday, April 29, 2010
So let's talk makeup! That's what we're all here for, right? I have alwways loved playing with makeup. It started with the Tinkerbell sets (does anyone remember those?). My mom would buy them for me and I would use my dad as a test subject. I have many, many pictures of him with lipstick all over his face, including his nose (apparently that was my trademark). When I was 14, I asked my aunt, a beautician, to teach me how to put on my makeup. She was so thrilled to pass on her skills that she gifted me with a beautiful Estee Lauder palette and a few brushes so that I could practice with them. They were my HG products for the longest time. As I grew older (and had to pay for my own things), I relied heavily on drug store products for my cosmedic needs. I was a ballroom dancer and used heavy makeup for my competitions. Other than that, I really didn't use many products.
About a year ago, that all changed. For my last birthday I received Sephora's Blockbuster Palette. I loved it from the moment I opened it. So many colors and products, I didn't know what to do first! I started experimenting with my looks, using new techniques and colors. I felt like a new person. I noticed that I had much better results with this than with my DS products. I began a slow rebuilding of my makeup collection. What once filled a small makeup bag on my bathroom shelf now overflows out of an antique vanity in my room. I'm not going to say that the pricey products are better than the drug store ones, but I will say that the journey has certainly been interesting.
My blog and YouTube channel will be a combination of reviews, hauls, tips/advice, and eventually a few tutorials. I'm still figuring out a lot of terms and techniques and would really like for you to learn with me. I'll pass along any ueful information and we can follow the pursuit of beauty, together!